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Exploring Putangirua Pinnacles: LOTR film location

Lord of the Rings superfans, take a look at this…

Recently we took a little drive out of Wellington to have a gander at the Putangirua Pinnacles, a product from mother nature herself which lent themselves wonderfully in LOTR: Return of the King. The pinnacles are within a small national park, I wouldn’t describe the walk as challenging, there’s a slight hill climb to a lookout view if you choose to take it but otherwise it’s a really enjoyable walk. It’s quite a serene yet eerie place with the stillness and quietness of the area, understandably you can see why Peter Jackson chose this location to wake the army of the dead. More specifically, it’s where the characters of Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas walked to wake the said army.


I found the pinnacles both odd and mesmerising, at times the surroundings were so quite I stopped and sat for a moments meditation just to listen to the sound of nature around me.


If you’re in New Zealand and you’re a LOTR fan then note this under your list titled must visit .

3 thoughts on “Exploring Putangirua Pinnacles: LOTR film location”

  1. Hello! I was just doing a bit of browsing and came across this post in your list of titles on the right-hand side. LOTR film location is what caught my eye, and I checked it out. Thank you for your beautiful photos of the area and your enjoyable description. The Putangirua Pinnacles have a mesmerizing appeal for sure, and I’m just going by your photos. 🙂
    My kids and I are HUGE LOTR fans, and we had the opportunity to go visit Matamata for the Hobbiton area and the Party Tree; we all thoroughly loved that visit! A few years later, my husband and I were able to visit the South Island, and we included a day’s trip to Mt. Sunday (with a guided tour), where King Théoden’s Golden Hall was built. That was a fantastic day with incredibly spectacular views at that location. Peter Jackson and his location scouting crew sure picked them well, didn’t they? 🙂

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